healthy food

Young Chefs at Malvern Food Festival

It was a pleasure to cook with a group of young chefs from Malvern at Great Malvern Food Festival on Bank Holiday Monday. We worked Ready Steady Cook Style using local produce. I was very impressed with their chopping skills. One team were given tins of beans and chose to make a spicy chilli. The other team sliced vegetables and rustled up some fajitas featuring local chutney.

The audience got to sample the food and cast their votes. It was a draw! Everyone was enjoyed the food and there were lots of positive comments about the tasty the food and how well they worked together.

 

Here are the recipes if you’d like to try it at home.

 

Smoky Three Bean Chilli

 

1 chopped onion

1 clove of garlic crushed

optional chopped peppers, grated carrot,

3 tins of kidney beans/aduki beans/ blackeyed beans

1 tin of chopped tomatoes or a carton of passata

½ to 1 tsp crushed dried chillies to taste)

soy sauce to taste (optional)

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

 

Heat oil in a pan, sauté the onion with the chopped vegetables.

Add the grated carrot and garlic, if using, and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the dried chillies with the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, and stir well.

Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes.

Taste; add more dried chillies if required.

 

Works well with soya mince; use 100g to replace 2/3 of the beans

 

Sizzling Fajitas

 

red onion sliced

mixed peppers sliced

mushrooms or courgettes sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 tsp crushed coriander seeds (or to taste)

½ tsp dried chilli flakes

lime juice

soy sauce

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

 

Heat some oil a wok or griddle pan, when the oil is hot add the sliced vegetable. Stir fry until cooked. The vegetables should still be fairly crunchy.

Add the garlic and lime juice along with crushed coriander and chillies.

We used Sarah’s Feisty Flavours Spicy Tomato chutney on the day in place of the chilli flakes.

 

 

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Veg Fest Brighton

I am delighted to be giving a cookery demonstration this year at Brighton Veg Fest.
Our Lizzy Veg fest
This is in partnership with Animal Aid who are guests of honour. I train school speakers on behalf of Animal Aid to give cookery demonstrations to in food technology lessons. I will be sharing some of these recipes in my cookery demonstration on Saturday 28 March at 3pm.

The recipes are all healthy, low cost and really quick to make.

Vegetable Chilli
Serves 4
Ready in 15 minutes

 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 chopped onion
 1 or 2 cloves of garlic crushed
 1 pepper, chopped
 1 tin of chopped tomatoes or a carton of passata
 1 tin of kidney beans
 Approx 100g meat free mince – Linda McCartney, or any supermarket own brand.
 ½ to 1 tsp crushed dried chillies to taste
 100ml water

1. Heat oil in a pan, sauté the onion and peppers until soft.
2. Add the garlic and cook for two minutes more.
3. Add the remaining ingredients, along with the dried chillies. Bring to the boil and stir well.
4. Reduce the heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes; add more water if needed.
5. Taste; add more dried chillies if required.

Serve with rice or soft tortillas and salad. Leftover chilli is great for filling a jacket potato. Try adding some grated carrot or some mushrooms along with the peppers. Or replace the mince with different beans to make a mixed bean chilli.
Our Lizzy Vegetable Chilli
Sausage and Bean Casserole
Serves 4
Ready in 15 minutes

 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 onion, sliced
 1 courgette/carrot sliced
 1 tin white beans e.g. butter, cannellini, rinsed and drained
 4 ready cooked veggie sausages e.g. Redwoods/Fry’s Polony, sliced
 1 tin chopped tomatoes or a carton of passata
 ½ tsp paprika or smoked paprika
 chopped parsley to taste
 black pepper to taste

1. Heat oil in a pan, sauté onion and courgette add paprika and stir briefly.
2. Add the tomatoes/passata, beans and sausages.
3. Stir well, add water if needed.
4. Cook for 10 minutes until the liquid is reduced.
5. Add fresh parsley and black pepper as required.

Good served with jacket potato or rice. Try it with baked sweet potato. Other vegetables could be used, for example peppers and mushrooms. Butternut squash works well. A red onion could be used – this gives a sweeter flavour. Experiment with gently frying the slices of sausage first before adding to the dish.

Cooks tip: Passata works well. If you are using tinned tomatoes you may need 1tbsp tomato puree to help thicken the sauce.

Spicy Chick Pea

One of my all time favourite recipes, see my website for instructions on how to make it.

http://www.ourlizzy.com/recipe-vegan-spicy-chick-pea.htm